The Geography of You and Me is Jennifer E. Smith's third book to be published here in the UK, and you can all get your mitts on it right now! Here's what you can expect from this latest romantic offering:
Owen lives in the basement. Lucy lives on the 24th floor. But when the power goes out in the midst of a New York heatwave, they find themselves together for the first time: stuck in a lift between the 10th and 11th floors. As they await help, they start talking...
The brief time they spend together leaves a mark. And as their lives take them to Edinburgh and San Francisco, to Prague and to Portland they can't shake the memory of the time they shared. Postcards cross the globe when they themselves can't, as Owen and Lucy experience the joy - and pain - of first love.
And as they make their separate journeys in search of home, they discover that sometimes it is a person rather than a place that anchors you most in the world.
To celebrate the publication of The Geography of You and Me, there's a Transatlantic Blog Tour! Lucy and Owen exchange postcards throughout the book, so some UK and US bloggers have exchanged reviews! How cool is that?
I've been paired with the lovely US people over at Novel Novice, and you can read their review below. My review will be on their site today too - I'm American for the day!
Hope you guys enjoy the book!
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Review by Novel Novice
Long-distance romance blossoms in Jennifer E. Smith's charming new novel, The Geography of You and Me. The book is a virtual cross-country (and cross-continent) tour, as we follow Owen and Lucy through their travels, and the tenacious, hard-to-define relationship that ties them together through each new location.
After meeting on a dark elevator during a massive power outage in New York City, Lucy and Owen spend an unexpected night together in the darkened city, forging an unlikely connection. But when the power is restored, and life resumes, Lucy and Owen find themselves pulled in opposite directions -- he's heading out West with his dad, and Lucy's heading to the UK with her parents.
The many miles between them don't stop Lucy and Owen, however, as they exchange postcards and emails -- but their long-distance relationship is made all the more complicated by the murky and hard-to-define nature of what exactly their relationship is.
The charm and romance readers have come to expect from Smith's books abound within the pages of The Geography of You and Me, but in sweetly unexpected ways. After all, with so many miles between them, Lucy and Owen don't share the same moments most romantic couples do -- there's no hand-holding, or kissing, or cuddling, or even coffee shop dates. Instead, we see how thoughts of each other influence and shape their lives from afar. This uniqueness makes The Geography of You and Me all the more charming to see it unfold.
Adding to the appeal of this book are the other relationships it explores. We don't just have the connection between Lucy and Owen -- but we have their friends, other dates, their parents. In some ways, seeing the development of these relationships is even more endearing than the blossoming romance between Lucy and Owen.
The Geography of You and Me just goes to show that relationships are more than something shared between two people. They are something that changes us, and shapes the way we think, act, and interact with everyone else in our lives.
It is in stores now.
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